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Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

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Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

I am looking into an inexpensive beach trip for my boyfriend and I this summer. I have done Mrtyle many times and would like to go somplace different this year. Does anyone have any suggestions on a place for us to go? We are right around 30, no kids, so would like a fun boardwalk/party type atmosphere but also the opportunity to relax and spend time together. We will probably only be able to go for a long weekend 4-5 days, so a shorter drive is preferred. Any suggestions would be great!

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1. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

You could look into the Rehoboth,Delaware/Ocean City, Maryland areas. Rehoboth is more of a family town with a small but fun boardwalk, many nice restaurants, a lot of smaller hotels and B&B's. Ocean City is more lively with larger hotels, a long active boardwalk. Since the beaches can vary from season to season, I would check with the forums for those places to see what the winter storms have done this year.

Both are a day's drive from Pittsburgh - I used to do Rehoboth in 8/9 hours, then found a (complicated but worthwhile) shortcut that reduced that to 6/7, Ocean City is about a half hour further.

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2. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

What are you looking to spend on lodging? I'm a fan of the Outer Banks, NC, and as far as I'm concerned doesn't break the bank. There are plenty of very good restaurants that aren't any more expensive than an Applebees as well as reasonably priced activities. If you stay in the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills area, you'd be closest to the bulk of places to eat and things to do.

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3. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

Only other place cape may, NJ. None of these is close. For fresh water, you have deep creek. Also love ohiopyle.

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4. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

Although I like SurfsideBeach/MyrtleBeach better, I have gone to Virgina Beach several times... The nice thing about VB is its proximity to Williamsburg.

I've stayed at the Holiday Inn North for a long weekend and it was nice.

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5. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

Oddly enough, I actually found Va Beach to be a little more expensive than Myrtle during peak season, I'd guess because there are so many more hotels in Myrtle. Granted, I was specifically looking for oceanfront properties and an oceanfront room. I do like the idea of being close to Williamsburg (did that trip with VB in 2010). Still would like to know how much the OP wants to spend on lodging. That would really help direct the advice.

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6. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

Do you camp at all? There are several campgrounds in the VA Beach area but you'd have to drive to the boardwalk area.

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7. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

How about Presque Isle Beach at Lake Erie? VERY close (@3 hrs drive), and surprisingly clean, uncrowded beaches. Granted, they don't have a real Boardwalk, but the town of Erie has a lot of youth-oriented restaurants and bars for your evening entertainment, and there is a WaterRides Park and Amusement Park on the way from Erie to the Presque Isle Beach.

You can take boat rides out on the lake, fly kites on the Beach and ride bikes through the State Park. There is also a nice Vineyard Country nearby, just w/i a few miles of the town, which is really an enjoyable way to pass a day. There are a few museums in town, the Frigate Niagra is stationed here, and there is also a big summer Music and Arts Festival every year at the end of June.

A really nice hotel, right on the bay, is the Sheraton Bayfront with stunning views of the Bay (or the Marina), and a great Downtown location. I know people always want to go to the Ocean Beaches, but when you are short on time Presque Isle is a pleasant, convenient and not too expensive alternative.

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8. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

Totally agree with Evan about Presque Isle. I disagree with his statement about uncrowded. More than 4 million people visit the park annually...and depending on what weekend...it may be very crowded! Been to myrtle, virginia, ocean city, etc. As fun as these places are, they're dumps compared to the natural beauty of Presque Isles beaches.

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9. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

We own a place at sea colony. In Bethany beach, 15 min from secrets and fagers island . First 3 weeks of June are quiet so we offer under 700 for week, if you are tennis players it is best tennis with over 20 courts , wonderful gym and walking paths galore. Our unit is on tennis side, but many great deals on ocean side too. Our unit is 1008 evergreen circle, so ck it out. Platinum unit too!

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10. Re: Inexpensive Beach Trip for Young Couple from PGH

We love the outer banks. Go twice a year. No boardwalk though, but it's well priced and relaxing. Doesn't seem like what you're looking for, but figured I'd throw it out there.

We also like going to Atlantic City. It's usually cheap to stay in a casino, and the boardwalk is very lively in the summer months. The beach is nice too, although we really haven't spent all that much time on it. There isn't a ton to do if you don't gamble, but you could surely spend a few days there relaxing on the beach/walking the boardwalk. Not to many beach towns can you get a hotel the price you can in an AC casino hotel. AC gets a bad rap of being dirty/unsafe, but as many times as we've been there we've loved it and felt safe (never went off the boardwalk though).

I've been to VA Beach a couple times, and don't enjoy it. Boardwalk isn't fun because the shops and most restaurants are on the street, on the other side of the hotels. Boardwalk loses its luster IMO.

Been too long since Ocean City/Rehobeth/Erie to really comment. Although, I forgot about Erie. Maybe will have to make a day trip this summer during the week. Been many years since I've been there.